Visitation from the Wrath of Heaven
The Crystal World
ONE: Do you have members living in various cities? How does that affect your working method? Do you ever pass tapes/files long distance or do you always create in the same room?
Terrence: Yes I live in Baltimore and André and Steven live in Chicago. Well, we had been a band for about five years before I moved, so after I moved it was just trading ideas via files. We had a few collaborative projects to finish up like with Christoph Heemann and Mamiffer. So for the new album we definitely needed to regroup to practice and go over ideas. The files got us rough drafts. The studio is a big instrument to us too. There is a lot of improvisation written in to the band, so it is never really the same song or set twice. But for the new record we had a lot of songs we wrote with parts, they make interesting challenges for us since a lot of our earlier material are these more gradual drones.
TWO: How much of your compositions are planned out in advance as opposed to improvised?
Terrence: We used to improvise everything but we have a lot of structure written in now. Especially on “Return to Annihilation”, the new record, and the songs we did for you guys we had some parts instead of just droning but live the parts really developed. We like there to be some life to what we do. Plus we want to challenge ourselves.
THREE: Were you familiar with the Denton/ DFW music scene before being booked at 35Denton?
Terrence: Yeah, some bands. ABSU! I mean come on! But True Widow and Vulgar Fashion were on our radar. Plus Cerulean Giallo and Filth were great when we played there. You guys have something special.
– Interview with help from Sean Kirkpatrick.